“Justice That Works”

The Justice That Works Act of 2016

California is facing a serious problem. For more than a generation the state has mismanaged its death penalty system, to the point where it is now broken beyond repair. We have spent more than $5 billion to sentence more than 1000 people to death, but the state has only executed 13 of them and 0 in the last decade. Most will die of old age or suicide before they their cases are ever resolved. There is no point to propping up a failed system, especially when it is so expensive and unnecessary.
The Justice That Works Act of 2016 fixes this problem by replacing the state’s broken death penalty system with life in prison without the possibility of parole. People who get convicted of serious crimes will be kept out of society for the rest of their lives, and there is no chance that we might execute an innocent person. It also helps victims by removing the endless legal process that puts them in court with the people who’ve hurt them year after year, and makes violent offenders work to pay them back. Overall, this will save the state more than $1 billion in the next 5 years while keeping the public safe.